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Wide receiver Rashad Ross wants to show off his speed with Chiefs

Updated: 2013-11-20T02:39:54Z

By TEREZ A. PAYLOR

The Kansas City Star

For now, rookie wide receiver Rashad Ross knows his claim to fame is the 4.34 40-yard dash he ran at Arizona State’s pro day in March.

It’s something he hopes to change, sooner rather than later.

“I honestly haven't used it like I should have, yet,” Ross said of his elite speed. “Hopefully on the Chiefs, I’ll end up being utilized. But I just gotta wait my turn.”

Ross, whom the Chiefs signed to the practice squad on Nov. 12, is optimistic his time will come. He said he had opportunities to join other teams after he was released by Tennessee on Oct. 29, but was eager to join a winning team.

“I had a number of teams calling me after I ended up getting released by Tennessee, and the Chiefs were one of them,” Ross said. “I was like, ‘Yeah, I’d rather go up there, they’ve got a better team.’”

Ross said he’s been working on the scout team as a special teamer, but is comfortable working both on the outside or in the slot on offense. He played both in college, depending on the formation, and is game for anything as long as he gets a chance to showcase his speed.

“Honestly, it doesn’t matter,” Ross said. “But I like to go deep, so whatever route is a deep right is better for me.”

Ross appeared in 26 games at Arizona State, where he caught 55 passes for 864 yards and seven touchdowns in two seasons. He also had 28 kickoff returns for 779 yards.

To reach Terez A. Paylor, call 816-234-4489 or send email to tpaylor@kcstar.com. Follow him at Twitter.com/TerezPaylor.

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